Published Oct 19, 2011Aside from the collegiate hearts he melts fronting Bon Iver, Justin Vernon has become the go-to guy for rappers looking to add some indie credibility to their recordings. With that in mind, Rolling Stone approached him to lend his newfound hip-hop wisdom to a list of his five favourite lyrics. An inoffensive idea, sure, but not to legendary Roots drummer Questlove, whose piece was cut so Bon Iver's could run.
Taking to his Twitter, Quest wrote, "A lil miffed @RollingStone includes a half baked 'top 10 rap verses' list from bon iver's justin," later adding, "Meanwhile I SLAVED for hrs givin a damn near college level list only to read new issue to see they dropped it. Thanks @RollingStone. Really."
For comparative purposes, Justin Vernon's piece can be read here, with Questlove's piece available here. One of them is a well-researched and in-depth piece that is steeped in music history, while the other looks like the work-out playlist found on a 20-year-old's iPod Shuffle. We'll let you guess whose is whose.
UPDATE: Quest has since tweeted, "So NOT mad at Justin of @boniver. im mad cause i get 2 days a month off of which i wasted."
Thanks to Pitchfork for the tip.